“I try not to schedule fights the week I’ll be on my period. Making weight is hard enough, and during our period we may retain around seven pounds of water weight. Plus bruises hurt more, you’re bloated and cramping, and emotionally, it’s tougher to battle through the training. Also, some states require us to wear breast padding, since we are allowed to punch there. One time I didn’t have any; a guy told me to put a rolled-up towel in my bra. I said no. I usually just wear three sports bras during a fight.”
—Gina Carano talking to ESPN The Magazine about the unique issues female mixed martial artists are confronted with
Apparently, Gina hasn’t had much luck scheduling her fights at the right time then, because I can’t remember the last time she actually made weight on her first attempt. Hopefully, the option to pick the date of her fights was put in her Strikeforce contract so there isn’t a chance of her period screwing up her title fight against Cyborg.
Thanks to Robert Joyner for the tip